US surpasses 7m Covid cases as state official warns Trump rally poses ‘severe’ public health threat – live

8.06pm BST

Good afternoon – I’ll have the blog for the next couple of hours, taking over from Joanna Walters.

To start with, briefly: according to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US has now ticked past 7m. Here’s a link to their map, which shows 7,005,046 cases and 203,240 deaths.

Related: Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state

7.47pm BST

A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if the planned campaign rally for Donald Trump goes ahead tonight.

Natasha Dwamena, a department of public health district director, said in a letter that the 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia, scheduled for 9pm today, would be breaking governor Ralph Northam’s executive order banning gatherings of more than 250 people.

Just landed in Atlanta, Georgia. On my way now, see everyone shortly!

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